A 21-year-old male asked:
can i pop my ganglion cyst on my wrist with a thumbtack and push out the gel substance i've tried hitting it with a book and it wont work and i've had it for like 6 months now and i want to get rid of it
3 doctor answers
Dr. Joy Jackson answered
19 years experience Family Medicine
This : This is definitely not a good idea, you could cause further injury. You can see a dermatologist or your primary care provider for treatment. A common procedure is placing a needle into the cyst drawing the liquid out, and then injecting a steroid, and then splinting the wrist to keep it from moving. This fairly successful treatment and is a good option for you since you have had the cyst for 6 months. Good luck.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
You could.: If you were to proceed it would be painful and risk infection and/or injury to other structures in the wrist, like tendons, nerves. It would not be recommended. Surgery is safer.
Answered on Jan 25, 2013
Ganglion cyst: This is a benign cyst that results from a rupture of the synovial capsule of the bones in the wrist. It can get bigger over time and cause symptoms. Treatment can involve aspiration with a high risk of recurrence or surgery to repair it. Surgery is outpatient and can take about an hour.
Answered on Apr 1, 2020
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